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Halloween Altered Matchbox Ornaments

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I saw some adorable altered matchboxes and decided to make my own in a Halloween Theme. I came up with a fun idea to put some fibers to the top and hang them from my Wicked Tree. I made several a few years ago for my home, all which are different and unique from one another.  I taught several classes at church events as well as my shop. Everyone is delighted when they see my tree.  I just had to share again this Halloween Season! I love how each matchbox opens up to reveal a fun saying, memory, or surprise.

I’ve also embellished the tree with silk leaves (from the Dollar Tree), by punching a hole in them and hanging them directly onto the tree. I used stays on ink and stamped them with Halloween themed stamps.
My favorite thing about my matchboxes is that I made several of them very personal.  You see, this is my Great-great-great Grandmother! The photo is grainy but I fell in love with her the very moment I saw her picture.  I used Graphics 45 paper, tiny bat stamps, a small date stamp, hand antiqued, painted a little hat on her, used orange paint for her “aura”, used black fiber to hang her with and trim the bottom. I always decorate the back side just as cute. Hand stamping details such as bats and painted spiders make a fun touch!  Her matchbox drawer opens up with a darling hand strung beads with a leaf. This one is one of my very favorites.
This is another one of my favorites!  Pictured here is my oldest sister Gwendalynn as a clown (age 9), my sister Tree as Ragedy Ann (age 7), and myself as the Wicked Witch (age 5).  I used Graphics 45 paper, hand stamped flourishes, hand antiqued, stamped the date, using a hot glue gun glued the trims and added the little ornate details.  The knob that opens the drawer to reveal a hidden phrase or surprise inside is from the Tim Holtz line.

 

Here’s ME! I remember my dad painting my face this year.  He and mom loved Halloween and always had the best costumes.  Mom made most of them, dad painted our faces, and we certainly looked amazing Halloween night.  I remember dad standing me on the rocks and driftwood as decoration in the front of our yard and taking these shots.  Using pictures that are memories and evoke emotions have made these my very favorite Halloween decorations!
Here are three of my boys.  Doug hand painted Jordan’s face as Darth Maul that year.  I made his cape, what fun it was to turn that memory into a matchbox. To the right is our little chubby pumkin’ Jacob.  He was such a little cuddle bug as a baby.  Below you can see our little lion Mikey.  What precious boys I have!  I’ve included pictures of generic ones too, pictures are from antique post cards.

 

 

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